With the onset of the Texas Panhandle's first wave of winter weather, TxDOT is ready to respond with snowplows, de-icing materials and more. Local communities have been preparing, as well.
A Winter Weather Advisory for the Texas Panhandle is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, with expectations of light icing and snow caused by a mixed bag of wintry precipitation. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected in the western Panhandle, according to the National Weather Service. Winter Storm Watches also are in affect in other areas of the state.
"TxDOT is prepared for the storm and asks all motorists to slow down and be safe," says Amarillo District Engineer Ron Johnston.
Along with treating affected roads, TxDOT's road condition website - www.drivetexas.org - is a wonderful tool that offers travelers frequent road condition updates.
If you are traveling, consult DriveTexas for the most up-to-date information, and please heed these Winter Driving Safety Tips.
- Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
- Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet back if you are behind a snow plow.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
- If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle.